Eric Johnson

In the Image of God








Eric Johnson, the pastor of Bethel Church in Redding CA, shares generously, humbly, and with great insight on the goodness of God, navigating culture, Jesus and American politics, spiritual maturity, emotional health, and what it means to be alive.



“The grand narrative is God is in love with humanity and He has this never-ending ambition to save and redeem (us)…”

“When people see how good God really is, it’s amazing how quick repentance is.”

“We all have a context that helps shape our world views, we have an immense challenge of differentiating between following Jesus and American politics.”

“People follow Jesus from every type of world view…”

“I have no problem if we’re fighting for American rights or liberties, the part that gets sticky for me is when (we) start using ‘Jesus’ or ‘Kingdom’ to back up (our) political positions.”

“We are not deconstructing we are wanting to get sharper, wanting to be more like Jesus.”

“We need a fresh revelation on the image of God, of being made in the image of God.”


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Podcast intro and outro music by Wilde Assembly

Brent Lokker

Jason Clark is a writer, speaker, and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.


  1. Tineke Ziemer

    I’d be interested in hearing what type of things Eric and crew did with the youth to “show them the goodness of God.” It sounds like it was very effective. Thank you for sharing this interview!

    • Jason Clark

      That’s a good point Tineke. That story was from Eric’s book, Momentum. I also know that what Eric was talking about is very much his dad’s message as well. Bill Johnson’s books, Hosting the Presence and one of my favorites, Dreaming with God, would answer some of that question.

      Hope you are having an incredible week!

  2. Johnson Eric Scot (U.S.)

    “We need a fresh revelation on the image of God, of being made in the image of God.” He is us-ward, even though we the people who are us are US, but really USA. This is also another, reason where there are two or three gathered in JESUS Name, there I am, He says. jerUSAlem; SEE – Rabbi Kaduri’s note regarding the accronym of His Name JESUS or J E S U S. Ever wonder why after Matt 1:16 KJV mentions Jesus for the first time, but it is JESUS in Matt 1:21 that is capitalized for a reason, of Who He saves, which is His People. Upon examining the accronym JESUS, one can see that America, as it is seen in jerusAlem and noted as “A,” can be understood as it’s “heart.” Look at the name if you were the name itself staring at the reader. One can see clearly that America is the heart of jerUSAlem and that is why our president officially recognized Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. If I had a people in a world with 7 continents of which all but one has the letter A surrounding each continent in the respective names, and they would humble themselves to see how they cause affect to others, I would call them American’s and be pleased and at peace with the statement. LOVE is the LAW that is under Grace. Remember, regarding the punctuation of words as they were originally written in their original and properly punctuated languages, that there was no lower “case.” They didn’t deal with petty things in the law which made the law a business like entity. There is more to be said I suppose. Peace


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